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Orange is the New Black Audiobook

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

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Publisher's Summary

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules, where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Orange is the New Black offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison, why it is we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they're there.

©2010 Piper Kerman (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating....The true subject of this unforgettable audiobook is female bonding and the ties that even bars can't unbind." (People)

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    Jessie 07-28-15
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    "Not what I anticipated."

    Not as good as I anticipated. Storyline fell flat. Narrators different accents were very good.

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    Carolyn 07-27-15
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    "educational and enriching"

    Not a challenging read but informational as well as emotional. Is there a sequel? Great characters.

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    Brittany 07-27-15
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    As a fan of the series on Netflix I really enjoyed listening to the real story.

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    Kate Williams 07-21-15

    Listening on the way to work and back, enjoy inspirational and intriguing books - biographies that inspire and books that make me think.

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    "Captivating"

    I would certainly hope that I never have to experience firsthand what it would be like to be in a woman's prison but I certainly have a lot more empathy for those who have that experience. Far too many and to what end. This book makes me want to get on the bandwagon for prison reform.... I also felt like I was right in there with them.

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    "'Inside' Training Reform Needed Now to End Our Perpetual Prison Social Class"

    Kermin's cry for reform to end our recurring, growing & recidivist prison social class should serve as a
    Warning for our future. Without serious and capable reformed pre-release programs across the board.
    Thank you Piper.

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    Jennifer Hamrick 07-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"

    It was interesting to hear about the two characters and how they impacted Piper's life.

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    Louay Omran 07-18-15
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    Excellent narrator. Liked the variation in accents bring the characters to life.
    The story gives a nice insight into this unique experience, but the story lacks a dramatic arc as it was an easy ride considering the possibilities.

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    Brenda Clukey 07-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved this book"

    The story teller kept the book so interesting with her various characters. I'd read it again!

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    Kenzi Rauth 07-16-15
    Kenzi Rauth 07-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great narration"

    Loved the narration. Made the characters come to life! And interesting to see inside of a min sec prison. And fun to figure out which characters in the book were what characters on the show.

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    Deloris 07-15-15
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    "Reasonably Good Story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would add more to the ending. While I understand why it ended the way it did, it left us hanging.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting were the cast of characters she met in prison.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was good.


    Was Orange is the New Black worth the listening time?

    It is worth the listening time. While it wasn't my favorite book, it is worth the listen.


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